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Nadal must circumvent fatigue, injuries from grinding clay-court season

The salient question surrounding the Hamburg Masters is how Rafael Nadal will respond from a shocking defeat a week ago in Rome. The world No. 2 has shown vulnerability this year -- even on clay.

Originally Published: May 11, 2008
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

Tournament: Hamburg Masters Surface: Clay Draw: 64 Prize money: $3.5 million Top seeds: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko

A few weeks ago, who'd have thought Roger Federer would enter the Hamburg Masters in better physical shape than main rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic?

Nadal succumb to foot blisters at the Rome Masters, and Djokovic, despite winning the title, admitted he still wasn't 100 percent. The walking wounded also ...

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